Hello! We just wanted to pop in and talk about life outside the world of OFB for a second! We haven’t been able to engage with OFB as much as we’d like to lately because we’ve been trying to hit self-employment full force, and it’s been hitting right back. In some ways that’s been good, and in others it’s been a little overwhelming.
We’re learning a lot right now, and we’re spending lots of time planning ways to improve and grow. We’re always making plans for the future, financial and otherwise — we can’t help ourselves. It’s a juggling act for sure, and self-employment is affecting almost every aspect of our lives:
Luckily, our kids are young enough that they don’t really see how anything has changed since we’ve started up our little biz. They don’t understand that Johnny and I are talking about work stuff 90% of the time or that daily trips to the post office are any different than some other car ride or that Mommy and Daddy are very tired some days. We’ve started having them watched about 10 hours/week so I can work a few mornings each week. It was a big adjustment for both of them initially because our girls are very much homebodies like their parents. But it’s been great for both of them to have some time away from me to interact with other kids, and they’re both loving it now.
I feel like my self-proclaimed title of “homemaker” has run away, never to return. Our house stays tidy enough, but we always seem to be weeks behind on folding laundry and maintaining organization. Despite our best efforts, there are always Cheerios on the ground long enough that they get smashed, triggering one of Johnny’s biggest pet peeves. The time to catch up on house stuff just simply isn’t there at night, and the girls demand all of my attention during the day. So for now, I’m just trying to give the girls my attention and be okay with the lack of organization in my home.
Surprisingly, maybe because of the extra pent-up stress, Johnny and I have both made exercising a priority. Even when we’re sleep-deprived, we both crave the need to get out and do something a few times a week. And speaking of sleep deprivation, we’re pulling later nights than ever. This has resulted in lots of weird late-night conversations and laugh-crying at really unfunny stuff at 3:00 a.m.
Our food choices have taken a hit in the past month. Other than the Blue Apron meals that we’re getting (which Johnny continues to cook, might I add), there’s never enough time to cook good meals. Our diet consists of caffeine, frozen meals from the freezer, and take-out (though we do try to order salads whenever possible). We have some plans to remedy some of that ickiness, though!
Our finances are weird right now. We have a steady income with Johnny’s consulting, which is great. And we’re bringing in income from a few other sources, but we’re also taking money and investing it back into our side business. As soon as our money looks like it’s growing in Mint, we use another chunk of it to buy more inventory for our business. Overall, though, we’re both feeling really good about things and we’re still managing to save money somehow.
The biggest change has really just been time and not having enough of it. Despite some of the extra stress and time-crunch, we’re having a really great time working together! It’s been a great side project that we both look forward to working on each day. From marketing to packaging to shipping to customer service to bookkeeping to photography to plastic injection molding (what?!), we’re learning everything as we go along. We have no idea where it will take us, so we’re just trying our very best.
We hope once the holidays are over and life gets back to normal, we can give OFB the TLC it needs and deserves. In the meantime, we’ll continue to post and check in a few days a week. Happy December!